|Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge, NH
From its hilltop site, this wall-less cathedral commands a spectacular view of forested land highlighted by Mt. Monadnock at 3165 feet high. The grounds are open year round; visitors can freely explore from dawn to dusk. The gift shop, museum and facilities are open May to October.
A winding path leads to cemetery plots, additional open-air chapels, a garden, and standing stones with carved inscriptions from the Bible and other spiritual texts, including inscriptions in Hebrew. Several longer trails lead through the woods and to two nearby ponds.
|Sibyl and Douglas Sloane
|Lt. Sanderson (Sandy) Sloane
|Knoll site Sandy selected for a future home
trees, and to plan for a memorial “cathedral” there. In August 1945, the family held the first service which marks when the Cathedral of the Pines first began. Despite a rainstorm, the 127 neighbors and friends who had come, sat in their cars until it stopped, then stood under dripping pines to hold the first service.
|Cathedral of the Pines views
|Altar of the Nation at Cathedral of the Pines
|A few of the medallions on the pulpit
Ironically, some of the funds to build the Altar of the Nation came from the late Sandy Sloane. After he began playing high school football, his father was persuaded to take out a life and accident insurance policy. His father later offered Sandy the policy with premiums paid to date, and told him he could keep or cash it. Sandy told his father that if he continued paying the premiums, he'd appreciate the gift later. Little did he know how significant this gift would come years later.
|Memorial Bell Tower and Tree of Life
|Four plaques on the Women's Memorial Bell Tower
|The trunk of Lt. Sloane with letters to his wife and family photos
|Hilltop House at Cathedral of the Pines
1982. This addition accommodates up to 125 people for services or weddings during inclement weather. It serves as the visitor’s center as well. Here too, there's many stones and artifacts throughout the walls, including the Blarney Stone from Ireland and a stone from the death camp of Auschwitz.